Senators and Flames are winners, Leafs, Canadiens, Jets and Oilers are losers, while the Sedin Twins make due without a regular linemate.
CALGARY HERALD: Only hours after their general manager was fired, the Flames downed the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on an overtime goal by Chris Butler.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: All eyes will be on the Flames in the coming weeks to see what moves interim GM Brian Burke has in store for the rebuilding club. His first move was demoting Sven Baertschi to the minors. Don’t expect a coaching change, as Burke had nothing but praise for Bob Hartley and his staff. I’ll have more on the Flames later this morning in my “Rumors” section.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Despite giving up a wraparound goal, Craig Anderson made 40 saves backstopping the Senators to a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Bobby Ryan and Zack Smith scored for the Senators.
TORONTO STAR: Following a strong defensive effort against the LA Kings, the Maple Leafs reverted to old bad habits in their ugly 6-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues, marking the Leafs’ eighth loss in their last ten games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s safe to say the Leafs just don’t measure up well against the league’s top teams, most of whom are in the Western Conference.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Following a recent stretch in which they won nine of ten games, the Montreal Canadiens dropped their second straight in a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Canadiens blueliner Alexei Emelin could face supplemental discipline for elbowing Flyers forward Steve Downie. The Philadelphia fans gave Canadiens winger Daniel Briere a nice ovation in the former Flyers first game back in Philly since signing with the Habs last summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Habs still seem to be struggling under the hangover of that recent successful streak, as they got off to a poor start in this one and didn’t seriously test Flyers goalie Steve Mason until later in the game.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets suffered their fifth straight loss at home, falling 4-3 in a shootout to the Colorado Avalanche.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Perron’s two goals rallied the Oilers from a 3-0 deficit before falling 4-2 to the Boston Bruins on an empty-net goal by Jarome Iginla.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks experimenting with different wingers on the Sedin Line is not working out.